James Turrell “Prints and Process”

Pace Prints Gallery

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Pace Prints presents James Turrell: Prints and Process, an exhibition of the artist’s first woodcut prints, Suite from Aten Reign.

Based on James Turrell’s 2013 Aten Reign at the Guggenheim Museum, Suite from Aten Reign is comprised of three Ukiyo-e woodcuts, created by master printer Yasu Shibata with assistance from Justin Israels at the Pace Editions Ink Workshop. In addition to the three Aten Reign woodcuts, the exhibition includes six blocks and six proofs employed in making the suite.

James Turrell: Prints and Process will be on view September 11—October 18, 2014 at Pace Prints, 32 E. 57th Street.

“The triumphant job of the printers here is to get the sense of light and color that comes out of the paper like it does with the light,” says Turrell. In order to achieve this effect, Shibata contrasts an oil-based background with water-based ink, resulting in a vibrating light that is typical of Turrell’s work and nearly impossible to capture photographically. The ovals are hand carved and printed in shades of blue, green and red. The technical challenges of the project required an oversized roller to create the background gradients. Each image was realized using 14 colors, 12 woodblocks and one metal plate.



from September 11, 2014 to October 18, 2014


James Turrell

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